Friday, July 15, 2016

Lines Cancel Calls in France and Turkey

In two separate incidents, cruise lines have again proven how responsive they can be in moving their passengers out of the way of violence or political turmoil on a moment's notice.

The complete story appeared in the July 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Careful in Nassau

The US embassy in Nassau has updated their advisory to American visitors to New Providence Island (where Nassau is located) and Paradise Island, reminding them of the high crime rate and updating them on the types of crime. The embassy is advising them to be alert at all times and aware of their surroundings.

It previously warned of armed robberies and other violent crimes which were rising in frequency.

Details appeared in the July 15 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Carnival Appoints P&O Ferries CEO to Board

Carnival Corporation & plc Names Helen Deeble to Board of Directors

MIAMI, July 14, 2016 – Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK) today announced that on July 13, 2016, Helen Deeble, CEO of P&O Ferries Division Holdings Ltd., has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. The announcement was made following the quarterly meeting of Carnival Corporation’s board of directors held yesterday in Amsterdam.

Deeble, a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in retail, shipping, logistics and leisure travel, will serve in a non-executive capacity on Carnival Corporation’s 10-member board of directors. She will also serve on the board-level Health, Environmental, Safety and Security Committee.

"We are very pleased to welcome Helen as an exceptional addition to our board of directors,” said Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc’s chairman. “Helen brings extensive experience from her leadership roles across several industries, including decades of work in the maritime and travel sectors, and valuable time spent in consumer retail. We look forward to working with her closely and gaining insights from her unique perspective as we continue growing demand for our 10 global cruise line brands and delighting our guests with great vacations at an exceptional value.”

Since 2006, Deeble has been CEO of P&O Ferries Division Holdings Ltd., a pan-European shipping and logistics business, following stints as the company’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer starting in 1998. Prior to that, Deeble was chief financial officer for Stena Line UK Ltd., a Swedish-owned ferry operator, and held several financial roles with the retailer Sears plc in the UK. Deeble has served as a non-executive director for the Port of London Authority and The Standard Club since 2014.

There is no other information required to be disclosed pursuant to LR9.6.13R in respect of Deeble.

Source: Carnival Corp

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Arison Maritime Center Opens

The new Arison Maritime Center opened today in Almere Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam. The 75-million euro facility is named to honor longtime board chairman Micky Arison and his father Ted, founder of the company.

The new facility contains state-of-the-art bridge and engine control room simulators for the annual training of the company's 6,500 officers of its ten brands.

The complete story appeared in the July 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Open for Business

Berth 3 at Ketchikan has reopened, about a week earlier than planned. It was heavily damaged on June 3 when Celebrity Infinity ran into the dock while arriving during strong winds.

Last month we reported how quickly the city moved to get repairs underway, with assessments already beginning that same evening. The bidding process was completed and a contract was signed on an emergency basis on June 6 with a requirement that the berth again be usable by July 5.

Details can be found in the July 14 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Costa Launches

Costa has launched a dedicated website that allows their passengers to personalize their cruise booking and make it uniquely their vacation.

Details appeared in the July 14 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sailing Home

Passengers aboard Regal Princess this summer, sailing in the Baltic, are enjoying a new program called “Local Connections” that will give them new insights into their ports of call.

The program brings aboard guest speakers from the ports who will sail overnight with the ship and give their talks as the ship sails toward their cities.

The complete story appeared in the July 13 edition of Cruise News Daily.

Disney Can Even Stretch the Holidays

The holiday themes aboard Disney Cruise Line are so elaborate, it's a shame the passengers on only a couple of sailings get to see and experience them. So Disney is
s-t-r-e-t-c-h-ing out the holidays.

So Captain Mickey has declared that Halloween on the High Seas will be celebrated on every sailing beginning September 2. Winter holiday traditions will be celebrated on each Very Merrytime Cruises beginning November 5.

Details appeared in the July 13 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

On the Scent

Seabourn and Moulton Brown are introducing Seabourn Signature Scents.

Details appeared in the July 13 edition of Cruise News Daily.

HAL Creates VP Digital Marketing Position

Holland America Line Names Jarvis Bowers to Newly Created Position of Vice President, Digital Marketing

Seattle, Wash., July 13, 2016 — Holland America Line has appointed Jarvis Bowers to the position of vice president, digital marketing. In this newly created role, he is responsible for working with the digital and marketing teams to lead the development of next-generation digital communications and analytics.

Jarvis, who is based in Seattle at the Holland America Line headquarters, will report to Joe Slattery, senior vice president, global marketing and sales.

“Jarvis has an extensive background in digital marketing and his knowledge and expertise will be a tremendous asset to the department,” said Slattery. “As digital marketing continues to grow we recognized the need to create a position that brings a strong leader from this field into the team, and we’re thrilled to welcome Jarvis to Holland America Line.”

Most recently Bowers was at Expedia where he led the global loyalty marketing team. Prior to that he was vice president, digital, for SunPower Corporation – a leading solar energy enterprise. He also served as senior director in Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business, where he led customer and product strategy for the Xbox Store. Bowers has held marketing leadership roles at ESPN Digital Media, American Express, AT&T Wireless and Sony Electronics.

Bowers holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.

Source: Holland America Line

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A Little Pepper

Costa may have stepped into a bold, new age today when five little robots aboard Costa Diadema booted up.

These aren't like Royal Caribbean's robot bartenders. These are little humanoids who try as much as they can to be like you - and to get you to like them.

The complete story appeared in the July 12 edition of Cruise News Daily .

Are You a Wheel Watcher?

Wheel of Fortune has become an American institution. It's so much of an institution that it even has its own loyalty club.

This summer, the Wheel Watchers Club will be rewarding their members with a “$5K Every Day” promotion, and in addition to the cash, 40 lucky winners will also receive a four-day Carnival cruise to Mexico.

The complete story appeared in the July 12 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Crystal River Cruises Becomes Reality

Crystal's second brand in their portfolio of luxury travel experiences became a reality today when Crystal Mozart was christened in Vienna today, thus launching Crystal River Cruises.

The ship was christened by Elisabeth Gurtler, who is the managing director of both the Vienna's famous Hotel Sacher and the city’s renowned Spanish Riding School.

The complete story appeared in the July 11 edition of Cruise News Daily. 

Other Things You'll Want to Know - July 11, 2016

CND subscribers also read about:
  • Fincantieri cutting the first steel for Nieuw Statendam.
  • The medical examiner's ruling in the death of the 8-year-old boy who was pulled from the pool aboard Anthem of the Seas.
Details appeared in the July 11 edition of Cruise News Daily.